April 11th, 2008


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Our annual nightmare is over. I just e-filed my tax returns. Well, I hope it's over and they accept the return.

There was one item TaxCut wouldn't handle last year and still won't this year, forcing you to do convoluted manual calculations if you had a state refund and paid the last estimated tax payment for the previous year in January. Remembering this, I cleverly tricked them by paying the last 2007 payment back in December. But wait, the payment in January 2007 covering 2006 taxes still had to be dealt with. Bleh.

Last year, I tried something which may or may not be right, and this year I tried something different which may or may not be right. This is why accountants have jobs. To placate the IRS, I attempt to err on the side of paying too much, and if I did it wrong, FINE, bill me!

As I mentioned, next year this won't happen because I paid in December. And it also won't happen because for the first time in ages, I owed both Federal and State (a total of over $800) and am not getting a refund. My puzzle income was very low, but the investments did really well, making the estimated payments inadequate. It's impossible to predict.

I'd love to take a long rest but still have all that work. Maybe I'll take a half day. And I did schedule that movie for Monday.

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Yay, both the Feds and New York accepted my return so that's over with for another year. I act like I'm the only one who has to go through this ordeal, when every American shares it. Maybe they all use accountants and don't have quite as much agony.

Speaking of agony, I'm feeling some dental pain in the upper left. This has happened before and it's been sinuses, though the gum specialist I was referred to 4 years ago thought there was "pulpal sensitivity" (and then it went away on its own). I'm suddenly noticing hot and cold over there. Uh-oh. I'm dosing myself with Vanquish and if it still hurts Monday an emergency visit will be in order. I hope not; what a way to celebrate a birthday! But there are a lot worse things that could be wrong.

My mother's card already arrived. It's pink with a teddy bear and a pretty pink bow around the card. We're so babyish.

The order from Levenger's also arrived. The packaging was gorgeous. The steel bookstand came in a box with a bungee strap holding it closed, and the stand itself was in a soft bag. I saved the box. For some reason, this item was just discontinued. I'm not sure the lapdesk will be comfortable, but I can detach the cushion. I could have used it outside when it was warm the other day, but I never left the apartment. I also got some bungee bookmarks.